Thanks to LA’s ever-growing appetite for all things plant-based, there’s no shortage of vegan establishments sprouting across the city. Case in point: RING Baked Tofu Donuts in Woodland Hills, meat-free deli Counterpart in Echo Park, and plant-based American fusion concept O’Cado Restaurant, among handfuls of other options. But there’s one standout shop in East Hollywood that’s making its mark by reinventing everything you thought you knew about your neighborhood convenience store. Say hello to BESTIES Vegan Paradise, the hip iteration of 7-Eleven dedicated to selling and serving hyper-local, sans-meat products.
Welcome toBESTIES Vegan Paradise! This is the one-stop vegan shop of your dreams! That’s just what BESTIES owners, Alison, Matt, and Asia did when they came up with the idea to open up this amazing grocery store. Their dream was to bring amazing vegan and plant-based products from companies that only sell vegan plant-based products. This gives their customers a sense of pride as they shop here and they help support the veganomy (vegan+economy) with every dollar spent! Their mission is “equality and justice” for all beings and they believe in selling products that are better for the environment. Make your dollars count and support a small business that is putting ethics first before profits!
There’s a sense of safety and freedom that comes with walking into an-all vegan spot. Our tense shoulders soften and our minds enter into a more relaxed state knowing that there is no need to navigate a menu or accidentally purchase something with fish sauce or whey powder.Besties Vegan Paradise, a vegan market in East Los Angeles, offers such a haven. Our VegNews editors were mesmerized by the immense variety of products—from the mass-market staple goods to the wild innovations. Here are the 25 most unique products we discovered on our shopping spree.
East Hollywood’s all-vegan convenience store,Besties Vegan Paradise offers New York-style meal deals by the Vrank’s permanent pop-up featuring vegan franks plus a drink and chips. They’re good about supporting fellow local businesses with chili and cheese add-ons made by The Vegan Hooligans, the locally-made Nodoh Nozzarella sticks, and gluten-free bun upgrades available thanks to The Ridiculous Baking Company.
They carry vegan treats like No Whey Chocolate, which I love, especially the chocolate nougat bar. Besties also carries vegan cheeses and deli slices that I have never seen before. Also, Beyond Meat Italian sausage is served quick, hot and ready to go—I get mine with sauerkraut, ketchup, and mustard, and then more sauerkraut.
Ok, so technicallyBesties (4882 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029) isa convenience store, but the food scene swirling around this Hollywood spot makes it a popular local eating establishment. They've got pop-ups of every ilk featured almost every night of the week and offer a daily lunch special including a vegan 'Vrank' (hot dog), chips & soda. Bet your gluten-free buns you want chili and cheese on top plus vegan soft-serve for dessert, too.
Ever walk into a convenience store and leave disenchanted and hungry? Ever have those grocery trips where you spend half your day hopping from shop to shop in a vain attempt to find all your favorite vegan products? Allison Shead, Asia Phoenix, and Matt Fontana all had the same problems so, they decided to do something about it.BESTIES Vegan Paradise opened in January of 2019 to a hungry audience.
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Very excited to find this recently opened vegan convenience market, Besties Vegan Paradise, located in East Hollywood. A small neighborhood specialty store, Besties stocks all-vegan, hard to find food and snack items, many of which are local, independent LA brands. The beauty of this store is that everything is exclusively vegan, so no need to second guess the ingredients. And because everything is under one roof, it is easy and convenient to shop all of your vegan cravings. I am personally excited to see this market open as it’s always been a treasure hunt trying to find vegan specialty items in larger grocery stores.
Meet Matt Fontana and Asia Rain, founders and owners ofBESTIES Vegan Paradise in East Hollywood, CA. I sat down with them to find out a little more about their mission, what inspired them to open their vegan bodega and more. BESTIES – a one stop shop for all kinds of vegan goodies – just celebrated their one year anniversary. I for one am very happy that this place exists. It’s become my go-to spot when looking to stock up on tasty vegan treats.
So, Los Angeles — the veritable epicentre of veganism — now has an all-vegan grocery store for us to drool over. Besties Vegan Paradise, which opened its doors in January, is packed to the registers with smiling, happy vegans and more plant-based goodies than you can count, proving conclusively that yes, vegans do eat more than just sticks and twigs — and we might not be quite as scary as people think we are.
From the 1990s even until now, the main perception of vegan food was akin to a diet of bark and leaves, with little to no crave worthy traits and void of flavor. Later in that decade the concept of plant-based food began to trickle into the mainstream, yet was still relegated to a misconception of having to eat dirt and tofu. If you wanted a burger, it was soy mayonnaise with soy cheese on a soy patty and all you really did was eat a block of tofu on a piece of bread.
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